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Congratulate yourself, Kamloops drivers — you did awesome in yesterday's snow

A truck driving through snowy Kamloops streets yesterday, Feb. 9, 2017, as a months worth of white stuff piled up.
February 10, 2017 - 5:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - Chaos may have ruled the highways the last 48 hours, but it seems Kamloops drivers chose caution in the bad weather.

Kamloops Fire Rescue responded to some cars off the road yesterday, but only two minor accidents as the city received a month's worth of snow. Capt. Ken Hartt says emergency crews had to attend one rollover, but the occupants were able to walk away from the crash.

“It was a pretty easy day considering all the snow,” he says. “People were paying attention to the road conditions.”

While snow and freezing rain blanketed the highways east and west of the Thompson-Okanagan, Environment Canada meteorologist Alyssa Charbonneau says, relative to the coast the interior was well off. However, according to some measurements Kamloops received more snow yesterday than it normally does in all of February. Again.

Kamloops airport got 7 cm, Barnhartvale got 9.6 cm. Normally Kamloops gets an average of 8 cm in all of February.

Merritt got roughly 12 cm, while Kelowna had just 5 cm and Penticton got 7 cm. No data has been submitted for Vernon.

Meanwhile on the Coquihalla, 32 cm were reported by midday, with freezing rain on top of that in the afternoon, causing the highway to turn to an ice sheet. Freezing rain can very quickly turn even clear roads into extremely slippery ice, Charbonneau says.

With warmer weather predicted for the interior this weekend, Charbonneau says quickly melting snow and ice could be a problem for some people, depending on how much fell recently.

Drivers need to be alert and safe this weekend ICBC is warning, as the Family Day weekend can be a dangerous one for drivers, with more than 2,000 crashes and 540 injuries over the long weekend last year according to a press release.


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